How did this strip get in the newspaper?
We review all comics a week before we begin publishing them (and in the case of the preprinted Sunday funnies, two weeks earlier). During that review we inspect 164 strips in one sitting. If a strip doesn't meet our standards of fairness and taste, we routinely ask for substitutes from the features syndicates that provide our comics. When news breaks that turns a harmless cartoon into one of bad taste, someone flags it in time.
But not this time. Today's "Broom-Hilda" had passed from memory by the time the slayings occurred.
No word yet from Broom-Hilda cartoonist Russell Myers.
"Such comics are written three months in advance...and so the strip...was in no way a direct comment on–or reaction to–the unbelievable tragedy that occurred this weekend," wrote Marciuliano.